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How to Insert a Tampon

How to insert a tampon

 

Looking for a disposable feminine hygiene option to help you stay on the go during your flow?

If you’ve been considering making the switch from pads to tampons, or are wondering how to talk an adolescent through the ins and outs of inner wear, we have some no-nonsense info to get you started. We’ve broken it down into helpful sections so that you can scroll right to the info you need the most! Click to continue reading… »



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#HealthyHygiene: Teacher Resources that Support Young Girls

Healthy Hygiene - Teachers Resources

Whispers in the locker room, awkward conversations with family members, and commercials with veiled messages for strange-looking products. We all knew it was coming. Did we feel prepared?

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the average American girl will get her first period stories before her thirteenth birthday[1], with ages as young as eight and nine becoming more and more common.

Only two generations ago, our grandmothers could anticipate this life event arriving while they were applying for their driver’s license, or writing final exams.

As the discussion grows over the causes of premature menarche, the question remains: how do we support young girls and women as their periods begin earlier and earlier? Click to continue reading… »



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How to Talk to Your Parent About Menstrual Cups

By Cathy Chapman

 

When it comes to talking to your parents about menstrual care options it definitely helps to know the facts. Menstrual cups are not a new concept – In fact, they have been around for about 150 years. However, still many people may not be familiar with the concept of them. Here are some tips for talking your parents (or anyone, really) about menstrual cups!

how to talk to your parent about menstrual cupsFirst of all, What IS the menstrual cup? (The quick and friendly version.)

Menstrual cups are reusable menstrual care protection. Worn internally like tampons, they differ in that they are designed to collect menstrual flow rather than absorb it. They are safe, easy to use, and a hygienic alternative to pads and tampons!

 

Now that we have that over with….
It helps to make a list of reasons why you’re interested in menstrual cups. Points to note could be…

• The average person spends about $48-84 per year on disposable menstrual products. Menstrual cups can be a one time cost that will last for years.

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Developing Daughters

Developing Daughters
Did you know that today, girls are hitting puberty at a younger age than ever before?

With the age of onset of puberty continuing to decline, many girls are starting this very confusing, hormonally charged phase of life extremely young. According to current research, 30% of girls will start puberty by the age of 8.

It is extremely important for parents to recognize these changes, even if they are subtle – and begin communicating regularly about puberty and menstruation. Even if they are not happening to YOUR daughter, there is a good chance they are happening to some of her elementary school classmates. The sooner you can begin the dialect, the easier the facts of life will be to understand for your daughter.

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What Every Parent Should Know About Puberty

Growth and developmentPuberty is a topic few parents feel ready to explore.  Regardless of your comfort level, it is important that you learn and pass along the basics to your son or daughter before puberty begins.  If your child has started school, then the information that follows is relevant now.

Ready . . . Set . . . Grow! 

Puberty is the phase of development when a child’s body transitions into an adult body, including the attainment of reproductive capabilities.  During puberty, children experience considerable change: physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially.  This article focuses on the physical changes.

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“What is a Period, Mommy?”

Say it again

Last fall I had a conversation about menstruation with my then two-year-old daughter. I didn’t want to; I was forced. Some were amused by its content. Some inspired.

Just the other night, the topic of periods came up again. Because I was having mine, and once again my daughter saw the string between my legs.

What is a Period, MommyThe conversation started off exactly like the first time, but ended up going in a different, more detailed direction…

“Somefeen in your butt, Mommy.”

“We had this conversation before, honey. Do you remember? There is nothing in my butt. It’s in my vagina, and it’s called a tampon.”

A look of recognition came across her face, and she nodded as if to say she remembered. And then she was quiet for a moment. I thought I was getting off easy this time. But…

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From Tying Shoes to Trying on Bras

Tying shoesBack to School
It seems like the need to be prepared for a new school year arrives a little earlier each summer. Before the first day arrives, there is much to do and many items to buy including:

  • adjusting bedtimes and morning routines,
  • purchasing school supplies, and
  • choosing an outfit for the first day.

If you have a daughter in elementary school, there should be at least one more item on your list: puberty education.  While many parents imagine several years between their daughters learning to tie their shoes and needing to try on a bra, that gap is often much shorter.

1 in 7 Incoming Second Graders
According to recent research, more than 1 in 7 seven year old girls (15%) and more than 1 in 4 eight year old girls (27%) have already started puberty.

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I Don’t Want to Grow Up

Your daughter has started her period.  Now, in the same place where the little girl with bows in her hair stood – is a pseudo woman.  It can be bittersweet to realize just how fast your daughter is growing up.  As a parent, it is extremely important to welcome the changes and to help your daughter transition into womanhood feeling accepted and loved.I don't want to grow up

It is also important to try and take a step back and realize what your daughter may be feeling.  For so many girls, the onset of menstruation comes seemingly too early in life.  Suddenly, they are dealing with extremely ‘adult’ things such as picking out bras and handling periods during a time in their life when they were perfectly comfortable dressing up Barbies and playing outside.  In your daughter’s mind, the start of her periods alerts her to the fact that she is in fact growing up.  And this realization can be both welcome and frightening for a young girl.

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Why Haven’t I Started My Period Yet and Hello…Where are My Boobs?

It can be difficult to feel like you are one of the only girls in your grade that hasn’t started her period or hasn’t seemed to ‘blossom’ yet.  If you are what might be called a ‘late bloomer’ (I know, awkward term) it is normal to feel anxiety and worry that you are different, or that something is wrong with you!

Why-haven't-I-started-my-period and where are my boobsBut the best thing to do is put your worries aside – and realize that when it comes to puberty, there is no such thing as ‘normal!’  (Heck, you might even consider yourself lucky.)

Some girls start menstruating at the age of 8 or 9.  Others may not start their periods until they are 15 or even 16.  Some factors that can delay your first period are EXTREME exercise (meaning several times a week for several hours per day) and a diet that is lacking in vitamins and minerals.

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Ready for Her (Your) First Bra?

Pink Bra

When does it start?
The majority of girls will experience breast development in elementary school.  While some will begin as soon as 1st grade, most girls are a bit older (8-12 years old).  The initial breast development, often called budding, is typically the first sign of puberty.

 

What should we expect?
Not only will things begin to look different, they also will feel different too.  Breast buds often begin as hard knots below the surface. The nipple and the darker area around the nipple, known as the areola, get darker and begin to poke out a bit creating a bump.  While one may appear before the other, it is only a matter of weeks or months until the second arrives.  Early on, it is also common for them to feel tender and/or itchy.

 

When do we shop for her first bra?
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